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Published: Wednesday, June 19 2013 4:20 p.m. MDT

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Heidi T.
Farmington, UT

Oh, there hasn't been enough investigation? Need a committee? REALLY???? What a joke on our state legislature.

let's roll
LEHI, UT

Swallow doesn't want anyone to rush to judgment, wants us to let the investigations run their course and allow him due process.

I'm all for due process as part of any criminal prosecution but what Swallow seems to be ignoring is that this is more than a case of whether he deserves to go to jail.

This is also about whether he should be the AG. He seems to be saying if I'm not a criminal there's no reason I should leave office.

But that can't be the standard. If he's lost the confidence of the citizens of Utah and/or lost the moral authority to lead his office, he can't be effective in his position and should resign.

I don't see him addressing those questions, nor do I see him providing any credible evidence he can continue to operate effectively as the AG. The fact that he's meeting with his personal lawyers to plan his defense and meeting with legislators to try to talk them out of impeachment demonstrates he's spending his time on personal matters, not serving the people of Utah.

DonO
Draper, UT

So the Republicans punted instead of beginning procedures to kick Swallow to the curb where he belongs. This will, of course, allow Swallow even more time to collect his paycheck and pile up more time toward his state retirement. And it shows the legislature to be the "party first" bunch we all know them to be. What a sad, dysfunctional, one-party system.

Dixie Dan
Saint George, UT

I wonder if Swallow would still be in office if he was a Democrat?

CherRic
Salt Lake City, UT

Eric Holder is still in office.

tabuno
Clearfield, UT

Seems like the Utah Democratic legislators are the ones who were blindsided by their own reluctance to call for impeachment proceedings to start. The House Caucus appears to have voted along the same lines as the Utah Democratic House and Senate have called for. Both Parties are indistinguishable on this matter and only reflect how poorly most of our State legislators understand the Utah Constitution and the impeachment process and how much mistrust they have about the Utah public understanding the process. It's a sad day for State politics of both Parties.

Bob Pomeroy
Bisbee, AZ

How does it "appear", rather than "guilty beyond a reasonable doubt", is the standard for the honorable thing to do.

mornixuur
Layton, UT

This was a cop-out, plain and simple. But I'm sure I shouldn't have expected better of our legi$lature. The last thing anyone there want$ is to $tart down the road towards accountability when it comes to flaky money being funneled to elected official$.

owlmaster2
Kaysville, UT

Swallow should be placed on a paid administrative leave until this is cleared up.

If he is found guilty, he gets impeached but if he is cleared he returns to the office to finish his term.

Now, we need term limits in all offices to stop the idea that being an elected official is a career. It was never intended to be a career. Our legislature is a citizen legislature not a career group, even though they get fantastic benefits in office and when they "retire".

Bob Pomeroy
Bisbee, AZ

Mr Swallow was taught about avoiding the appearance of evil in law school, and he's rejecting it.

Tators
Hyrum, UT

Swallow has already admitted enough about his established associations and dealings with those who turned out to be criminals that he has already lost significant credibility with citizens of Utah, regardless of how the investigation of legality turns out.

As such, he will never be able to effectively serve in his current state office, since that particular position requires being above reproach. No matter the legal outcome, he will always be shadowed concerning his conduct in these matters. Therefore, he needs to either resign or be impeached. This is independent of whether or not he technically broke the law.

It's already established beyond reasonable doubt that he lacks good judgement in his associations and also that his personal ethics have now become questionable. There is absolutely no way an attorney general could effectively serve under those conditions... whether of not it turns out he has broken the law.

Razzle2
Bluffdale, UT

I'm frustrated that I have read the article and all related articles but can't find what John Swallow is accused of. And there is no mention of the actual accusations on TV either.

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